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What happens during a transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy?

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Your doctor places an ultrasound probe that's about the width of a finger in your rectum. It gives off sound waves that bounce off your prostate and create a black and white image on a video screen. Your doctor then inserts a thin, spring-loaded, hollow needle through the wall of your rectum into your prostate gland. As your doctor removes the needle, he takes out a tiny bit of prostate tissue.

SOURCES:

Ketan Badani, MD, professor of urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients: “Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Learn About Cancer: Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 04, 2019

SOURCES:

Ketan Badani, MD, professor of urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients: “Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Learn About Cancer: Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 04, 2019

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